For the past 17 summers the Nature Conservancy has hosted a program called "Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future" (aka LEAF). The program appeals to urban teens with little or no experience in nature, with one-third of its alums going on to pursue environmental careers.
My daughter participated in this program and it's amazing! Check it out and, if you haven't had your teen participate already, look into it for next year. You'll be glad you did.
September 10, 2011
Environmental Summer Program for Teens
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.